BATON ROUGE, La. — Ten of the 13 LSU football players who were not at the Superdome for LSU’s season opener against BYU on Saturday returned to practice Monday.
Wide receiver Dee Anderson, outside linebacker Sci Martin and tight end Caleb Roddy were the lone players among the 13 who were not seen during the 10-minute window in which practice is open to the media. However, those three also missed several practices because of injuries in August camp.
That means cornerback Kevin Toliver, cornerback Kristian Fulton, nickel back Xavier Lewis, quarterback Justin McMillan, linebacker Michael Divinity, linebacker Donnie Alexander, H-back Bry’Kiethon Mouton, offensive lineman Adrian Magee, defensive lineman Deondre Clark and defensive lineman Frank Herron were all back in action.
Herron was practicing in a scout team jersey — a curious wardrobe selection for a senior who is listed as Christian LaCouture’s backup on the depth chart.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron has not explicitly called them suspended players, repeatedly saying that he would keep all discipline “in-house” leading up to the BYU game. However, he also dropped multiple obvious hints that confirmed he was suspending several players.
“We all make mistakes. Everyone in this room has made mistakes before,” Orgeron said last week. “It’s something where we have to learn the lesson and hopefully won’t do it again. We do have team rules. If they break it, there will be discipline. Make no mistake about it.”
Because of Orgeron’s decision to keep things in-house, there is not yet any guarantee that the players who practiced Monday will be eligible to play this Saturday in the home opener against Chattanooga. The majority of suspended players also practiced last week.
Rashard Lawrence does not practice
One starter was missing from the practice field Monday, and it was a significant one.
Defensive end Rashard Lawrence did not participate in practice. The sophomore was extremely active on the defensive front against BYU, finishing the game with 4 tackles and half a sack.
Lawrence was active for all four quarters against the Cougars, but was visibly limping and favoring his ankle after a handful of plays in the middle of the game. Given that he continued to play through it, Lawrence’s absence Monday was likely precautionary.
Outside linebacker Andre Anthony, who injured his ankle in practice last week and watched the BYU game on crutches, was also unable to practice.
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